This Is Mi Casa

A blog about food, crafts and family

This Is Mi Casa - A blog about food, crafts and family

Random Acts of Kindness

Many of you are familiar with my Advent calendar. We use it to count down to Christmas. The kids love it since it promotes family time and they get to do a different activity every day. You can read about it here.

I was on Facebook the other day and on my feed I saw a post from coffecupsandcrayons.com You can read the post here. They suggest doing random acts of kindness this advent season and I think it’s a great idea, one that promotes the true meaning I’d Christmas –giving.

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This is a very difficult holiday season for my family and I felt that this is a beautiful thing to do to celebrate kindness and giving.

I hope that you will join us in doing this or your own random acts of kindness.

Rose Birthday Cake

This past weekend my mother celebrated a milestone birthday. I was in charge of the cake making and so as always I hit the internet searching for ideas.

I wanted something simple and elegant.   Then I remembered the rose cake I made a few summers ago and it was decided.

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It is really a very simple cake to make. I made a plain yellow cake and filled it with vanilla pudding (my kid’s request).

After my daughter crumb coated the entire cake, I started on the roses. I used a 1M tip and covered it quickly. It literally took me less than 10 minutes to cover the entire cake.

It is one of the easiest cakes to make,  It doesn’t take too long and looks fantastic. I got many compliments on it because it looks like it would take forever but really, it’s quite easy.

The idea came from one of my favorite baking blogs — I am baker. You can find a link to her rose cake tutorial here.

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Happy baking!

Ikea

A quick look around my house and anyone can see that I am an IKEA fan. There are Ribba frames on my walls, Expidit book cases in my basement and bedrooms, Lack shelves in my kitchen, IKEA baskets in every room, rugs covering most of my floors and many products from their Hemnes line found dispersed throughout.

I was reading a Buzz feed article entitled

37 Clever Ways To Organize Your Entire Life With IKEA

I came across some extremely clever solutions. Take a look at these ideas
here

Who wants to join me on a trip to Ikea? See you there!

Kale Chips

I love kale. There, I said it. I know its the in thing to eat but I truly love kale. On a recent trip to Farm Boy, my good friend Tanya and I found kale. 4 bunches for $5. Both of us thought it was a great deal because usually we find it 2 for $5. Then we picked one bunch up….

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Each one was that size. Beautiful kale and from Canada too. We ended up only buying 2 so this past week we’ve been eating kale galore, even our pet rabbit has been enjoying it too.

We’ve had it in soup, I made kale pesto and mixed it with pasta, in a frittata replacing the spinach and even in smoothies. However our most favorite way to use it up us by making kale chips.  It makes a great after school snack and the beat part is that I control what goes on them.

I add some oil, salt and garlic powder

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and bake them. So easy and healthy!

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Here’s how:

Kale chips
4 -5 cups kale, washed and torn from stems into pieces.
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Salt to taste.

Preheat oven to 275.

Toss in a large bowl all the ingredients. With your hands, ensure that all leaves are well coated with oil.

Place a cooling rack on a cookie sheet. It helps dry out the leaves better. Spray the rack with non stick spray. Place the leaves on the rack careful not to overcrowd.

Cook 13-15 mins or until leaves are crispy. Let cool and transfer to plate.

Continue until all leaves are cooked.

Buen provecho!

Slow cooker Applesauce

One of my favorite things to make in the fall is applesauce. The only problem is having to peel, core, and slice all those apples.

A few years back I discovered an apple wedger and my applesauce making days changed forever.

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It is much faster this way. I first bought mine at IKEA but my current one is from  Pampered Chef.

Using the wedger makes this an easy recipe for kids to make. I always enjoy finding things for my kids to do to help in the kitchen.

I like keeping my applesauce as pure as possible. I don’t add any sugar and I also like keep the peels on for added nutrition and then I put everything in the slow cooker so I can forget about it.

It’s so easy and the house smells amazing.

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Here’s my recipe:

Slow cooker Applesauce

10 lbs apples (about a 15-20 apples)
1/2 cup water

Using an apple wedger slice your apples. Id you don’t have a wedger don’t worry, just core them and slice them.

Place them in your slow cooker, pour the water over them and cook on low for 6 hours.

Once apples are very soft, use your immersion blender and puree.

Buen Provecho!